Weird & Then Some!

Weird & Then Some!

by Screamin' Jay Hawkins


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Screamin' Jay Hawkins didn't have the best of voices, really, and it's tempting to think of him as mostly a novelty act. He did write a bona fide classic with "I Put a Spell on You," then proceeded to record it dozens of times, or rewrote it into a marginally new song and then recorded that a dozen times. The bottom line is that Hawkins' legacy rests with "Spell," which is fine. It's a classic and that's that. Hawkins was essentially a club R&B singer who stayed pretty close to the blues in his songs, no matter how far he reached to be spooky in his lyrics, but his real genius was in presentation. His stage set was theatrical, and the various coffins and other props that made up his act foreshadowed the later rock theater exploits of artists like Alice Cooper, Elton John, and Marilyn Manson, and "Spell" was always his centerpiece showstopper. This two-disc, 40-track (all of these tracks are in mono) set pretty much captures Hawkins at the start of his success. A version of "Spell" is here, along with thin rewrites of it like "She Put the Whamee on Me"; odd, skewed blues pieces like "Well I Tried"; and straight-out goofy novelty songs like "Little Demon." There's a lot of Hawkins here, and since he was very nearly a one-trick pony throughout his recording career, casual listeners might prefer a single-disc greatest-hits collection -- as long as it has a version of "I Put a Spell on You," and truthfully, it doesn't matter much which version, since a classic is a classic each time out in this case.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988055924
catalogNumber: 559
Rank: 135404

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Bryant   Piano
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Budd Johnson   Bass
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Red Prysock   Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker   Banjo,Guitar
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Panama Francis   Drums
Jalacy Hawkins   Vocals
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Haywood Henry   Bass
Sonny Payne   Drums
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Lucas   Bass
Jerry Potter   Drums
Freddy Redd   Piano
George Butler   Piano
Sam Taylor   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerome Kern   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
B.B. Dickerson   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jalacy Hawkins   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Delugg   Composer
Bob Fisher   Liner Notes,Annotation

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